National Basketball Association
Orlando 89, Memphis 72
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, November 15, 2010
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
#19 James Capers, #53 Mark Lindsay, #49 Tom Washington
Vince Carter scored 19 points and Dwight Howard recorded a double-double as the Orlando Magic led wire-to-wire and topped the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 89-72 on Monday night.
Carter took just eight shots, but made 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and Howard had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the enigmatic Magic, who avoided their first three-game home losing streak since Dec. 7. Orlando narrowly beat the New Jersey Nets on Saturday after embarrassing home losses to Utah and struggling Toronto.
In a sloppy first half that featured 27 turnovers – 10 by each team in the first period - Orlando made its last five shots of the half, including a 3-pointer by Carter, for a 47-34 lead.
Memphis pulled within 51-46 on a jumper by Mike Conley early in the third before Carter knocked down a wing 3-pointer and another jumper over a two-minute span to rebuild a 60-48 edge. Memphis never threatened thereafter.
Memphis forward Rudy Gay, who entered averaging 25.6 points on 51 percent shooting, missed his first nine attempts and finished 4-of-17 for nine points.
Marc Gasol had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies, who shot just 36.3 percent and lost their third straight.
Top Game Performances
Marc Gasol 14
Vince Carter 19
Mike Conley 8
Rashard Lewis 4
Rudy Gay 9
Dwight Howard 14
Marc Gasol 6
||Free Throws Made
Dwight Howard 8
Tony Allen 4
Jameer Nelson 3
Rudy Gay 2
Marcin Gortat 2
Team Stats Summary
Orlando will play their next game at home against Phoenix. The Magic have a W/L % of .714 after a win and .667 after a loss.
Memphis will play their next game at home against Portland. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .333 after a loss.